Where have I been?

I’m not sure. I needed a little bloggy break apparently, but I’m back :) How are YOU? I am loving this Sunday sunshine!! Big upgrade from all the rain we’ve had lately (maybe that’s why I wasn’t blogging?? Cuddling up with Netflix was much needed after work this week).

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That’s right… iced coffee weather. Hooray! My weekend started off with coffee too (the hot kind). My student’s last day was Friday, so I showered my coworkers with coffee blessings.

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And I know what’s been on your mind… what in the world has Karina been eating for breakfast this week?? Well, I didn’t hold out on you, and I managed to take a picture of one meal this week!

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banana, coffee, Ezekiel bread with homemade raspberry chia jam (for real – will share this easy ass recipe soon) & an egg

Friday evening, Brent and I met my brother for dinner. Yes, he exists, and we live in the same city yet never see each other. Need to up my sibling game!

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We went to M.L. Rose for dinner and drinks while watching some basketball. I had some vino and the chef salad.

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Chicken, avocado, egg, tomato, blue cheese, Brent’s pickles he gifted me (true love) with red wine vinaigrette (because 2 glasses isn’t enough)

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So happy he’s back in town after this week. This is my unwashed hair/post-Pure Barre look

Speaking of Pure Barre… the challenge is going great! It hurts so bad, but I’m re-addicted to this wonderful workout. I’ve taken 9 classes so far (I cancelled today’s class while I was in line for a port-a-potty, beer in hand last night… oops). The new studio they opened in Nashville is gorgeous, and I want to live there. See, I even got my lucky number locker!

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After class yesterday, I headed to Portland Brew with Brent for a coffee date. We did this last Saturday, too, so I wanted to recreate last weekend since I didn’t tell you about it.

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Nonfat latte and a PUPPY

I was starving after Pure Barre, coffee date and grocery shopping (what a tough morning, right?). My friend Whitney texted me, and we made lunch plans! Here’s my St. Patrick’s Day weekend outfit… I get credit for green pants, right? Rainy day hair is the best.

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I’ve been to Blvd a couple times for drinks, and always thought their menu looked good, so we headed there to try it out!

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Why are your glasses so cute!!!

Whitney recently got engaged, so we had a great time catching up on the proposal story and wedding details. I had a couple mimosas and to eat, the quinoa falafel on a multigrain wrap with a side kale salad. Highly recommend this place… I need to try their brunch sometime!

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Post-girly lunch, we regrouped, got the boys to put on some green, and headed to South Street. They had some of the garage doors opened upstairs, and it got me really excited for some warmer weather!

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In fun mom fashion, I packed a bottle of green food dye to up the festivity of our beverages. The bartender was rather confused when she turned around and all of the beers were green. That’s right, MAGIC.

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I am SO much fun… don’t you want to hang out with me? I’ll bring a different color with me next time.

We old folks were in the spirit, so we hung out at a St. Patrick’s Day party at the Greenhouse (remember when I tried to go there a couple weekend ago, and I thought it was abandoned? Well, it’s not). It was college party-style packed. Nappy Roots was there apparently, but I never saw them. It was a really cool place though! I loved all of the twinkle lights, and they had a huge tent in the back too.

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Food was needed after our big party night, so Mexican it was! After shoving chips and salsa in my face, I had the chicken taco salad.

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I think I made it through 2 sips of that margarita up there in the corner

Here’s what I’ve been doing workout-wise the past 2 weeks…

Weekly Workouts:

3/2-3/8

Monday

30min elliptical

Tuesday

Pure Barre

Wednesday

30min spin bike

Thursday

OFF (snow)

Friday

Pure Barre

Saturday

Pure Barre

Sunday

Pure Barre

3/9-3/15

Monday

30min elliptical

Tuesday

Pure Barre

Wednesday

30min treadmill run (1.5mi @6.5mph, .5mi 4.0mph + 8% incline, .5mi @ 8.0mph)

Thursday

Pure Barre

Friday

30min spin bike in the AM, Pure Barre in the PM

Saturday

Pure Barre

Sunday

OFF

Sunday Meal Prep:

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– roasted kale

zoodles

– protein pancakes (1/4c egg whites, 1/2 mashed banana, cinnamon, 1/4c oats, 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein)

– green smoothies (spinach, almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate whey protein, 1 frozen banana)

– tuna salad (tuna, Nayonaise – yes that’s a thing, garlic powder, celery salt, dill weed)

– mushrooms

– spiralized sweet potato

– black bean quinoa burgers

So, these burgers are delicious. Mine didn’t stay together all that well, but it still worked.

Ingredients:

– 2 cups black beans, mashed

– 1 cup cooked quinoa

– garlic powder

– 1/4c hummus (I used a Greek style flavored hummus)

– 1/2c feta

– 1/2c oats

– 1/2 onion, diced

After mashing up the black beans, add the other ingredients and mix well. Shape into patties and bake for ~20 minutes at 400* (flip them halfway through).

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Took a break from cooking for lunch at Kay Bob’s

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Lady Lynn (black bean hummus – I see a theme recurring today) with a side of fruit

annnnd, Sunday Funday oysters and drinks at Urban Grub!

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Dinner… served the black bean burgers topped with mushrooms, over kale, with sweet potato curly fries on the side!

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Happy Sunday!

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Do you eat oysters?

Any St. Patty’s Day celebrations?

Did you miss me?? Good, because I missed you.

egg waffles + pure madness

Hi! Happy March! It’s been a productive little Sunday over here. I took my first Pure Barre class of the #PureMadness challenge, and ohhh man, I’m already sore.

It felt so good to be back at the barre. Love the burn. I fueled up for class beforehand with a protein pancake (1/2 mashed banana, 1/2 scoop Designer Whey vanilla, 1/4 cup egg whites), and today, I added a small smear of coconut oil on top. I don’t know why I hadn’t ever tried this before… so delicious and filling!

How adorable is that coffee mug? I received it as a hostess gift from the baby shower I helped throw last weekend. It’s the perfect size, and I love the monogram.

After Pure Barre, I hobbled my shaky legs over to WhichWich for my favorite Lettucewich!

I have been prepping my food for the week this afternoon and sipping more coffee! I just love Sundays.

Speaking of sausage, I made an awesome breakfast this weekend, thanks to Lindsay! Brent and I had a quiet evening in on Friday watching the Grizzlies game with all the snacks.

Before

After. So fancy, right?

Drinking Saturday Night Red on a FRIDAY. Wild.

I rocked my new Grizzlies shirt that my future brother-in-law gave me for Christmas. Love it.

Ok, sorry, back to the waffles. This recipe was super easy and delicious! Cleaning up the waffle iron was a lot easier than making actual waffles too, which I appreciated.

For 2 waffles, I used:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Trader Joe’s Maple Chicken breakfast sausages (browned on the stove then chopped up)
  • 1/2 diced Roma tomato
  • TJ’s Lite Mexican cheese blend
  • Egg whites – I added this after the mixture was on the waffle iron until the iron was covered enough

I added 1/2 of the mixture to the waffle iron, added some egg whites, spread the ingredients around evenly, and let it cook! Voila!

Fabulous breakfast. Brent enjoyed it too! The maple chicken sausage was a great idea – I had never bought this kind before. I think buying pre-crumbled turkey sausage would be easier for next time, though. AND I think adding some kind of sweet potato hash on the side would be just lovely. :)

Before whipping up the waffles, I got to watch some seriously great Saturday morning television. I watched a couple episodes of The Hills on demand

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So worthless. I love that show. After I caught up with Justin Bobby and company, I flipped over to do some serious infomercial watching. I could watch those fitness infomercials for hours. I’ve seen all of them already, too, but I still rewatch them. I should learn to sleep in on the weekends.

Moving on with Saturday, Brent and I grabbed lunch at Edley’s BBQ. My first time there! I ordered the Southern Salad with turkey, minus the bacon. And I gave Brent my croutons. The smoked gouda cheese on there was on point. Yum.

We tried to go to this cute bar called Green House (it actually is a green house), but it seemed abandoned… I did get a picture to show you how pretty the weather was! Always nice to see some sunshine.

let me in!!

We found a fine second choice though and sat down at the bar at Blvd. The bartender convinced me to try his special champagne concoction as opposed to a regular mimosa (he probably thought it was a safe bet to ask me after I ordered it “light on the orange juice”). He called it a Roosevelt: sparkling rose, grapefruit juice & sloe gin. At first, I said no, since gin and I don’t really agree with each other (mostly because of a certain night in college involving gin and me dressed up as one of the Brokeback Mountain cowboys..yeaaaah, anyway..), but he explained that sloe gin is more of a plum-flavored liqueur similar to Chambord. I’m always on-board with Cham-bord, so I gave it a go! It was super refreshing and PINK. Prettyyy!

I wanted another cocktail when I got home, so I made this drink I’ve been dying to try!

Champagne + kombucha (I used the Guava flavor – incredible). It’s basically a health drink.

New besties.

Dinner was at Mafiaoza’s. It’s one of my favorites and always reminds me of my & Brent’s first date (AWWWWWWWW!). Started with the bruschette (they were huge!).

Then I had a slice of pizza with broccoli and mushrooms. So cheesy and wonderful.

Now that you’ve taken in all of those calories via your eyeballs, I’ll share the workouts I did this week!

Weekly Workouts

Monday

Sculpt routine from Beach Babe DVD

Tuesday

Back workout (lat pulldown, rows, etc)

45-min spin class

Wednesday

Winter Shape Up workout #1

Thursday

Tone It Up treadmill workout

Friday

Tone It Up beach yoga & inner & outer thighs

Saturday

OFF/walked from the car to restaurants & bars

Sunday

Pure Barre

Weekly Prep

Everything white & green!

– Green beans (roasted with minced garlic cloves & salt)

– Roasted kale

– Green juices (1 cucumber, spinach, juice from 1 lemon, 3 kiwis, 1 serving TJ’s cucumber water all blended together and distributed into 3 jars)

– Shredded chicken (cooked in the crockpot with chicken broth, oregano, garlic)

– Hard-boiled eggs – You guys. I went 12 for 12 with successfully peeling my hard-boiled eggs today!! That NEVER HAPPENS. It’s going to be a great week.

– Pureed cauliflower

The pureed cauliflower is new to me! It’s supposed to be like a healthier version of mashed potatoes, and I love it. A lot. First, I boiled one head of cauliflower (I chopped it up into florets) until soft.

Then, into the blender, along with a little unsweetened almond milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

I am in serious need of a food processor. My wimpy blender did the trick though!

I’ve got some good eats lined up for the week! But, for dinner tonight, I needed more pizza. I decided to make a less greasy version tonight.

Zucchini pizza boats! I sliced each zucchini in half, scooped out some of the middle and added some TJ’s pizza sauce.

Left to right: add sauce, add sliced tomato, add cheese (TJ’s Lite Mexican blend), top with roasted mushrooms and Italian seasoning. Pop them in the oven at 350* for about 20 minutes or so (I should have left mine in a little longer – the zucchini wasn’t as soft as I’d like it!). EAT.

Probably going to make some more homemade frozen yogurt to go along with The Walking Dead tonight. Anyone else watch it? It’s a little unsettling to watch right before bed, so I usually read blogs during it :) Hope you had a good weekend!!

—> Since it’s March, I updated my 30 before 30 list!

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Have you ever made pureed cauliflower?

What did you do all weekend? Drink any champagne?

Am I the only one that watches infomercials?? What’s your favorite one?